The MXGP of Belgium started in the best way for Team HRC as Max Nagl took the holeshot in race one, leading through the first corner after another blinding start.

After yesterday’s busy track schedule, Lommel had become characteristically rough by the first race today, and as Nagl predicted after qualifying it became a test of physical endurance. The order of the top ten was shuffled regularly, and although the lead trio broke away from the pack battles were waged further down the order and, fighting hard, Max came home a respectable sixth.

Max’s start in the second race was not quite as strong and the No.12 rider found himself lying in fourteenth, in the melee of the pack. He fought up to twelfth, but as the deep sand became rougher still, so too did the physical challenge. Holding out as long as he could, unfortunately Max was forced to retire on lap eight suffering symptoms similar to last year when a virus befell him mid-season.

Choosing to pull out of a Grand Prix is very uncharacteristic of Max, so indicates the potential brevity of the situation. Consequently, he will visit specialists next week to assess his condition, and an update will be provided once available. There is now a break in the calendar until the GP of the State of Goias at the start of September.

Max was due to ride the new Honda CRF model range in Malpensa this coming week but this situation has unfortunately overshadowed that, although fellow HRC rider Tim Gajser will be present to experience the new MXGP-derived CRF250R and CRF450R machines alongside leading European journalists.

Max Nagl 12

"Yesterday was already really hard in terms of getting the bike set up for the deep sand conditions. Normally I really enjoy riding the sand but this time was very difficult. I had a good start in the first heat with the holeshot and I was happy because Saturday felt much worse. My start was not great in the second moto and I don't know what happened then; I had so much pain in my legs and across my body and I could not hold the bike any more. I tried doing one lap very slowly to try and recover but I didn't get any better. I tried to push but lost grip of the handlebars three times. There is nothing you can do when your body is so tired. I will go this week to a specialist place in Germany where I can make some analysis because the situation today was not normal. This track is heavy but when you are an athlete you should not need to pull out. We are all training hard and well so we need to check what is wrong.”

Junji Miyazaki

Team HRC Technical Director - MXGP

“In the first moto today Max had a very good start and took another holeshot so it was looking good, but then in the second race it was clear something was wrong with his condition and that he was struggling. It’s not like Max to pull out of a race so we must now look at his condition with the specialists and see what happens next. Meanwhile we are preparing more improvements to the bike in the next month without any Grands Prix so we keep pushing hard for Brazil and Mexico to finish the season strongly.”

Roger Harvey

HRC General Manager - MXGP

“The first race started well but then you could see that Max wasn’t going forward as you’d expect him to in the sand, and immediately after he didn’t look like he’d weathered the race well. Yes he’s missed time on the bike through injury this year, but Max is not a quitter, and he will not quit a Grand Prix unless there is something wrong. He doesn’t pull out of races unless something is broken, he knows that, so for him to do that today shows that he has a problem. The symptoms are the same as he experienced last year, so this week he will go to see specialists in Germany to get their analysis.”

MXGP 2014
Race Round 15   Belgium

Results Session 1

Sunny
Air Temp
26°C
Track Cond
Sand
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Cairoli Antonio 222 ITA 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 34:22.254
2 Paulin Gautier 21 FRA 22 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +3.902
3 Simpson Shaun 24 GBR 20 Hitachi Construction Machinery KTM UK KTM +4.930
4 De Dycker Ken 9 BEL 18 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +16.506
5 Strijbos Kevin 22 BEL 16 Rockstar Energy Suzuki World Suzuki +21.324
6 Nagl Max 12 GER 15 Team HRC - MXGP Honda +26.489
7 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL 14 Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +45.874
8 Rattray Tyla 28 RSA 13 Red Bull IceOne Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +47.105
9 Ferris Dean 111 AUS 12 Red Bull IceOne Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +48.268
10 De Reuver Marc 14 NDL 11 Team HRC - MXGP Honda +1:06.632
11 Karro Matiss 91 LAT 10 Wilvo Forkrent KTM KTM +1:08.435
12 Krestinov Gert 371 EST 9 Wildcard Rider Kawasaki +1:12.755
13 Frossard Steven 183 FRA 8 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +1:25.886
14 Ratsep Priit 221 EST 7 Wildcard Rider Kawasaki +1:30.785
15 Goncalves Rui 999 POR 6 Bike It Yamaha Cosworth Yamaha +1:32.224
16 Bengtsson Filip 664 SWE 5 Wildcard Rider KTM +1:36.417
17 Guarneri Davide 39 ITA 4 TM Ricci Racing TM +1 lap
18 Ullrich Dennis 149 GER 3 KTM Sarholz KTM +1 lap
19 Lonka Lukasz 262 POL 2 Wildcard Rider Honda +1 lap
20 Gercar Klemen 62 SLO 1 Honda Jtech Honda +1 lap
21 Potisek Milko 32 FRA 0 2B Yamaha Yamaha +3 laps
22 Nemeth Kornel 108 HUN 0 Wildcard Rider KTM +3 laps
23 Leok Tanel 3 EST 0 TM Ricci Racing TM +8 laps
MXGP 2014
Race Round 15   Belgium

Results Session 2

Mixed Conditions
Air Temp
20°C
Track Cond
Sand
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Cairoli Antonio 222 ITA 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 34:46.942
2 De Dycker Ken 9 BEL 22 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +8.481
3 Simpson Shaun 24 GBR 20 Hitachi Construction Machinery KTM UK KTM +19.123
4 Paulin Gautier 21 FRA 18 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +25.772
5 De Reuver Marc 14 NDL 16 Team HRC - MXGP Honda +32.921
6 Frossard Steven 183 FRA 15 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +35.867
7 Ferris Dean 111 AUS 14 Red Bull IceOne Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +40.127
8 Strijbos Kevin 22 BEL 13 Rockstar Energy Suzuki World Suzuki +46.294
9 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL 12 Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +1:01.185
10 Rattray Tyla 28 RSA 11 Red Bull IceOne Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +1:08.384
11 Goncalves Rui 999 POR 10 Bike It Yamaha Cosworth Yamaha +1:10.863
12 Guarneri Davide 39 ITA 9 TM Ricci Racing TM +1:32.025
13 Bengtsson Filip 664 SWE 8 Wildcard Rider KTM +1:35.818
14 Potisek Milko 32 FRA 7 2B Yamaha Yamaha +1:54.237
15 Krestinov Gert 371 EST 6 Wildcard Rider Kawasaki +1:57.975
16 Ratsep Priit 221 EST 5 Wildcard Rider Kawasaki +1 lap
17 Gercar Klemen 62 SLO 4 Honda Jtech Honda +1 lap
18 Lonka Lukasz 262 POL 3 Wildcard Rider Honda +1 lap
19 Leok Tanel 3 EST 2 TM Ricci Racing TM +10 laps
20 Nagl Max 12 GER 1 Team HRC - MXGP Honda +11 laps
21 Karro Matiss 91 LAT 0 Wilvo Forkrent KTM KTM +13 laps
22 Ullrich Dennis 149 GER 0 KTM Sarholz KTM +13 laps
23 Nemeth Kornel 108 HUN 0 Wildcard Rider KTM +18 laps
Location Information

Dodenveldstraat, 3900 Overpelt, Belgium - View in Google Maps